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August 28, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

For the honor and glory of God

Father Martin Rath, Chaplain of St. Mary’s Care Center, Winsted

“Something beautiful for God.”

These simple words by Mother Teresa of Calcutta ought to be an inspiration to all who are called to service, especially to social service.

We who are dedicated to the Benedictine Health System have the added incentive to do all that we do for the love of Christ in each person we serve. It makes our task that much easier when we perform it with a touch of gentleness, a smile, and a gracious willingness to please the other.

These outward actions reveal our inward disposition. The work may be small, but our love is great.

As Mother Teresa put it, “it is how much we put in the doing” that makes our (sacrificial) offering “something beautiful for God.”

When we forget that aspect of our service, we are diminished in our outlook of life values. The task becomes mundane, even a burden, and time-consuming.

Ask yourself, “Does this work lift me up, or tear me down?”

It is our internal spiritual intention, our daily prayer, our reliance on the power of God that raises our thoughts/desires above the secular and worldly.

Let us also be mindful of our promise and workshop commitment pledge that we signed as true servants of our residents and true friends to each other.

There is no better way to serve God and humanity than to imitate Jesus Christ, who said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:12)

Jesus also said, “Whoever wishes to be first and greatest among you, let him or her be servant to all.” (Matthew 20:2) Even now, Jesus is always at your service.

“What may I do for you?”

“Is there anything else you need?

Whatever you do, do it for the honor and glory of God.


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